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  1. I think being made to play the games with a weakened squad sounds reasonable (in Celtic's case it's arguable how much weakened they'd actually be!). If, for whatever reason, the teams in question can't fulfil the fixtures, then they forfeit three points to the opposition - where's the fairness in them being messed around when they've done nothing wrong? Bringing in rules retrospectively to penalise clubs seems totally against basic justice. Then again, it wouldn't be the first time this year Scottish football authorities have punished clubs for circumstances beyond their control.
  2. Nah, come on, I'm sure Monica Lennon will be winging her way to Cardiff to show her solidarity with protesting Welsh students.
  3. Labour especially. "Don't vote for them, they're BAD! Come back to us! You belong to us!". That's a logical way of looking at it, but they propogate this idea that Scotland is just inherently rubbish, which is the cause of its lowly standing in the union. It's absurd, of course, and doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but a lot of people still buy into it.
  4. Thanks. That was virtually a B team in all but name, given all the call-offs!
  5. Aye, I thought he had a pretty quiet game too. A nice bit of skill to win a free-kick but not much else to write home about really.
  6. I was going to say McIndoe too but I couldn't remember if he was called up to the full squad or just the B squad.
  7. Since Bolingoli should have been in quarantine, would that not mean Celtic fielded an inelligible player? That said, there's probably nothing in the rules to cover this specific scenario!
  8. Scott Fox was called up once by Strachan and I mind Ally Maxwell making the squad several times in the 90s but never featuring (inevitable that there'd be a lot of goalies on this thread, I suppose).
  9. Speaking of Shankland, I notice he didn't feature for Dundee United today. I take it he was injured?
  10. I would imagine it stems from a pre-arranged contingency plan, developed for this kind of eventuality and put together by stakeholders. Either that or it was cobbled together on the hoof by the SQA, but the fact that they used a computer programme to mimick the likely results suggests a bit of work has gone into it, so it was the probably the former. Certainly, there needs to be a review of the process to see if it can be improved, or if a better contingency altogether can be developed. Bringing the pupils back into school at a later date.to actually take their exams would, obviously, have been better, but I don't know how practicable that was.
  11. That's a massive oversimplification, and you know it! The fact is, the only way to for anyone - including their teachers - to know for definite how those people would have performed in those exams would have been if they'd actually sat the exams. Obviously, though, that wasn't possible this year. So this system was brought in as a "quick fix". No one - anywhere - is saying it is a great system - but alternative solutions were were thin on the ground. (Incidentally I assume it was put forward as a solution by the people with the most experience of actually marking exams, i.e the SQA, as well as there being input from teacher's unions). Good luck with that...
  12. You could almost forgive them if they'd won the game - or at the very, very least given Rangers a really good run for their money - but they were toothless that day. Barely laid a glove on them. My money's on Sam Cosgrove being one the culprits though. To be honest I don't know much about him, so maybe this is unkind, but he just looks like the kind of footballer you'd find on a Saturday evening hanging around in some generic, overpriced fleshpot.
  13. I think these exams are usually marked by people who don't know the students personally, but yeah, robust evidence, such as prelim results, results of testing throughout the year etc.
  14. Exactly. It's a flawed, imperfect system but these are imperfect times. Everything is in a state of flux at the moment. I thought that "rounding up" the grades might have been kinder; that is, erring more in the students favour if at all possible. But then that devalues the whole grading system. If a school goes from, say, a 50% pass rate to a 70% pass rate in one year, that's just improbable, especially as it more than likely will drop back to 50% once exams start again! There is, of course, a wider issue there about why the attainment gap isn't being closed. I feel bad for any kid who's lost out because of this (I'd be raging if I was in their shoes) but the appeals process, while not flawless, is still there. If they've robust evidence that they should have received a higher grade than they were awarded, then it should be a relatively straightforward appeal to overturn.
  15. He played the full match so he can't have been all that bad. They're a lower to middle EPL team - nothing to get too excited about - but they're hardly shite! If they were shite they wouldn't have survived in that division as long as they have. Not many players do start every week but I reckon he'd be an important player for them. If he isn't good enough to do that (I think he is, and so must Palace, if they're prepared to pay him £50k a week) then all the talk of him going to a top six club is immaterial, because surely then he'd have nae chance of getting a regular game.
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